Posts Tagged Wadsworth

Truck wrecks on area toll roads

Two area toll roads experienced closures resulting from truck crashes with fires:

The Chicago Sun-Times reports:

Jane Addams Tollway shut down at Route 20 by fiery wreck


Updated: May 1, 2013 7:27AM

(McHenry County) The Jane Addams Memorial Tollway was shut down approaching Rockford Wednesday morning after a semi-truck crashed into the median and caught fire.

truck fire on Jane Addams highway in Chicago area

The Chicago Tribune reported yesterday:

Semi crash shuts all Tri-State lanes near IL-173

An overturned semi trailer that caught fire caused major delays on the Tri-State Tollway near Wadsworth, but traffic was clearing by about 8 a.m. authorities said.

The trailer broke free from the truck cab and sailed over the center median after the semi driver crashed into the center median near Illinois Highway 173 around 6 a.m., according to police. All lanes were open by about 8 a.m., according to Illinois State Police.

The truck driver had been traveling north and crashed as he attempted to avoid another vehicle, police said. The trailer landed in the southbound lanes.

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Gurnee 2nd Alarm 3-19-11

Gurnee Fire Department house fire 3-19-11

A firefighter works to expose hidden fire beneath the cedar roof shingles in Gurnee this afternoon at the 2-11 alarm fire. Jeff Rudolph photo

The Gurnee Fire Department had a 2nd Alarm fire today at 36938 Kimberwick Lane, in Wadsworth. This is Gurnee’s unincorporated, non hydranted area. Jeff Rudolph made the fire and reports that it involved a large single family house. The fire started in the garage from a heat lamp and traveled up a wall into the attic.


Jeff has images posted to his Flickr site HERE which show more of the companies that were on-scene and the drafting operation for the tankers.

Gurnee Fire Department house fire 3-19-11

A Gurnee firefighter rests after working at the fire on Kimberwick in an area without hydrants. Jeff Rudolph photo














Gurnee Fire Department house fire 3-19-11 Countryside FPD Metz aerial

Countryside FPD was due mutual aid to the fire scene with Truck 412, an HME/Central States/Metz tower ladder. Jeff Rudolph photo













Gurnee Fire Department house fire 3-19-11

The fire was in the roof which proved difficult to get at all of the hot spots. Jeff Rudolph photo













Gurnee Fire Department house fire 3-19-11

Highland Park Engine 34, a 2006 Pierce Enforcer sits in staging at the Gurnee 2nd alarm. Jeff Rudolph photo

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first snow brings accidents

As the Chicago area saw it’s first snow of the season, area fire departments responded to many accidents. Jeff Rudolph took in a two-car, head-on collision this morning at Route 173 west of Delaney Road in Wadsworth, IL. The Newport Township FPD responded with several units and was aided by Zion and Winthrop Harbor. Six patients were transported with what did not appear to be life-threatening injuries.

Wadsworth IL Newport Township FPD MVA

A head-on collision on slick roads this morning in Wadsworth, IL. The Newport Twp FPD responded with several units. Jeff Rudolph photo

Newport Twp FPD ambulance 1441

Both Newport ambulances including 1441 shown here were on-scene at the collision on Route 173. Jeff Rdolph photo

Newport Twp FPD Squad 1458

Newport Squad 1458 was positioned to block the road to provide added safety to everyone on-scene. Jeff Rudolph photo

MVA collision Wadsworth, IL

A closeup of the minivan involved in a collision this morning in Wadsworth, IL. Newport Township FPD firefighters removed the driver's door in order to remove the driver. Jeff Rudolph photo

Winthrop Harbor FD ambulance

Winthrop Harbor ambulance 1742 was one of the mutual aid EMS companies on the scene. A total of 6 patients were transported with what appeared to be non life-threatening injuries. Jeff Rudolph photo

Newport Twp FPD

Newport Brush 1475 brought additional personnel to the scene. Jeff Rudolph photo

Newport Twp FPD Pierce Saber Squad 1458

Another view of the spotting of Squad 1458 blocking the roadway and acting as a protective barrier to the rescue workers and patients in the event that another motorist would fail to stop before the scene. Jeff Rudolph photo

Zion Fire Department ambulance

Zion Ambulance 1842 was the fourth ambulance on the scene assisting the Newport Township FPD. Jeff Rudolph photo

Jeff Rudolph recently set up a Flickr site to showcase his photography. His images which include on-scene and static apparatus from more than just the Chicago area can be seen HERE. Jeff has included images that date back many years.

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Unique Station 2 for Newport Township

In Wadsworth, IL on the north end of Lake County, the Newport Township Fire Protection District covers 33 square miles with one main station off of Wadsworth Road just east of US 41. This station is packed full with a tanker, two engines, a pumper squad, two ambulances, a utility, staff car, ATV, and brush unit. In order to provide better response times to the northern edge of their district, the FPD rents a portion of a barn on the property of Doug Reno, who is one of their members.

Newport Township FPD Station 2

The Newport Township FPD rents out this portion of a building on the property of Doug Reno at 42874 Delaney Road in Zion. Larry Shapiro photo

Newport Township Fire Protection District auxilary building

The crane truck is stored in this building on a neighbor's farm. Larry Shapiro photo

Doug is also a collector of fire engines in his own right and has several pieces of equipment of his own housed there and on yet another neighbor’s property with additional Newport apparatus. First things first though, the Newport apparatus includes …

Newport Township FPD Mack engine 141 X-Ligonier, PA

Newport Township FPD Mack engine drafting from Lake Michigan in Winthrop Harbor

In the winter of 2008 at a 4-11 alarm fire in Winthrop Harbor, Engine 1413 drafted for the better part of a day out of Lake Mighigan. Larry Shapiro photo

Newport Township FPD Mack engine drafting from Lake Michigan at a Winthrop Harbor fire

Here's another view of the drafting operation with the fire in the background. That's Doug Reno trying to keep warm in the cab of the engine. Larry Shapiro photo

  • A 1977 CF Mack engine that carries 4,000 feet of 4″ hose. Unlike the other Newport rigs, this one has a black roof on the cab. It previously saw service in Ligonier, PA and was purchased  through the generosity of two department members.
  • A 1951 Willy’s Jeep parade piece with a 100-GPM front mounted pump and a 150-gallon water tank
  • A decommissioned and beautifully restored, 1969 Dodge Power Wagon W-300 which used to be the department’s brush rig
  • A 1981 R-Model Mack box truck ‘Heavy Rescue’ unit which carries TRT supplies
  • A 1988 R-Model Mack flatbed with a 6,000# knuckle boom crane which carries a trench box or, when it acts as a foam tender for the Quad 2 ARFF unit, it carries bulk foam
Newport Township FPD Dodge Power Wagon

Doug’s collection includes:

Wadsworth OH Ward LaFrance Ambassador engine

This engine is owned by Doug Reno ... just outside of Wadsworth, IL. The engine is from Wadsworth, OH. There is no Wadsworth Fire Department in Illinois as the town is covered by the Newport Fire Protection District. Larry Shapiro photo

  • A 1975 Ward LaFrance Ambassador engine labeled for the Wadsworth Fire Department (OH) with a 1,250-GPM pump and 500-gallon water tank sn 80-1129
  • A 1971 CF Mack engine that was refurbished in 1987 by Pierce for the Geneva, IL Fire Department in Kane County
  • A CF Mack engine from Duncannon, PA
Personal fire truck collection of Doug Reno

These are two of Doug's engines. They're stored in one end of the building which also houses Newport's crane truck 1455. Larry Shapiro photo

Geneva, IL Fire Department Mack CF Pierce engine

Geneva, IL (Kane County) had this 1971 Mack CF656 1000-GPM pumper refurbished by Pierce in 1987. Larry Shapiro photo

Geneva Fire Department Mack CF engine

The Geneva Mack/Pierce engine today as part of Doug Reno's collection. Larry Shapiro photo

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Newport Township FPD has been added to the site

Newport Township FPD patchThe Newport Township Fire Protection District in Wadsworth (Lake County MABAS Division 4) is now represented on the site. They operate out of two stations and their district runs all the way to the Wisconsin border. This department has three engines, a pumper squad, an elliptical tanker, two ambulances, a brush rig, an ATV on tracks, and two 1980s R-Model Mack trucks that are assigned as TRT support units.

Newport Township FPD Kubota ATV

Photo by Larry Shapiro

Newport Township Fire Protection District crane truck

Station 1 is by the Wadsworth Post Office just off of Wadsworth Road but Station 2 has an interesting story to it in a separate article HERE.

Newport Township Fire Protection District Fire Station

Station 1 is at 39010 Caroline in Wadsworth and is full to the brim with vehicles. Larry Shapiro photo

Newport Township FPD decal

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